Hello Firefox OS Enthusiasts. Before the Mobile World Congress 2014 which will take part next week, the Mozilla developers have announced that Telefonica (Movistar) will be releasing Alcatel One Touch Fire (running on Firefox OS) in Chile, for the starting price of somewhere between $36-58.
As a reminder, Alcatel One Touch Fire is the first phone released with Firefox OS, having modest hardware specs. Among others, it has a 1Ghz Single Core processor, 256 MB of RAM, 512 MB of internal memory but expandable via microSD, a 3.15 MPX camera, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n and bluetooth. The good thing about Alcatel One Touch Fire is that Firefox OS 1.3, which is the latest version available, will be available for it, via the OTA updates.
It looks like Firefox OS is doing quite well. For now, we know for sure that 2014 will bring ZTE Open C and ZTE Open II, the next two Firefox OS based smartphones developed by the Chinese manufacturer, and Geeksphone Revolution. Also, Mozilla and Foxconn are working together in order to release the first tablets using Firefox OS by default.
For those who don’t know yet, Firefox OS is a new Linux based mobile operating system, built by using the new HTML5 technology by the Mozilla developers. For now, it is used as default on smartphones with modest hardware specs, developed by LG, ZTE, Alcatel and Geeksphone.
While Firefox OS has been experimentally ported to the Google Nexus 7 tablet, Mozilla has teamed up with Foxconn and VIA Technologies, in order to release Firefox OS based tablets.